US admits Muslim Syrian refugees but bars Christians?

From Spero News:

The U.S. bars Christian, not Muslim, refugees from Syria

The title of this blog post–The United States Bars Christian, Not Muslim, Refugees From Syria–will strike many readers as ridiculous.

But the numbers tell a different story:

The United States has accepted 10,801 Syrian refugees, of whom 56 are Christian. Not 56 percent; 56 total, out of 10,801.

That is to say, one-half of one percent. The BBC says that ten percent of all Syrians are Christian, which would mean 2.2 million Christians. It is quite obvious, and President Obama and Secretary Kerry have acknowledged it, that Middle Eastern Christians are an especially persecuted group.

So how is it that one-half of one percent of the Syrian refugees we’ve admitted are Christian, or 56, instead of about 1,000 out of 10,801–or far more, given that they certainly meet the legal definition? The definition: someone who “is located outside of the United States; Is of special humanitarian concern to the United States; Demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.” Somewhere between a half million and a million Syrian Christians have fled Syria, and the United States has accepted 56. Why?

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Why?

Pres. Obama.

And this is what is in store, on steroids, depending on the outcome of the election in November.

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11 Responses to US admits Muslim Syrian refugees but bars Christians?

  1. QuietContemplative says:

    Loathe though I am to do anything that could be construed as defending our current government’s actions and policies, this one isn’t entirely their fault. I read a piece that examined this (having trouble finding it, but I will add a post citing it when I do) and found that the problem is that Christians in the refugee camps are being assaulted and ostracized by the majority muslim populations, making asylum applications difficult to fill out (for various procedural reasons). So, effectively, it’s simply the continuation of persecution by their fellow countrymen fueling the low numbers of asylum seekers rather than active choice on anyone’s part. Now… all that said, it could easily be argued that those procedural policies should be changed and the failure to do so now that the problem has been exposed is definitely in the administration’s lap. At this juncture, it’s more a failure of individuals in the policy making levels to recognize that an issue is resulting based on a reason they don’t think can create an issue (the conflicts arising from differing religions within the refugee groups). Bureaucratic blinders are the devil’s tool.

  2. Kathleen10 says:

    And just think, QuietContemplative, those Muslims get to bring all that hatred toward Christians, that they demonstrated in the camps, which prevented the Christians from being able to fill out the applications…here.

    In considering the severity of this problem, how radically and permanently this is going to change our country and not for the better, I believe that the reason not enough people comprehend the reality of this danger is because the media sugarcoats Islam and Europe. Europe is a perfect test case for what happens when you infuse enemy combatants into the population they hate. There is daily evidence of how bad it is in Europe, but the American media refuses to cover it.
    To that end…people must be educated. I will from here on in be diving headlong into public awareness, i.e., I will post news articles on my Facebook page that detail the atrocities that are going on in Europe. The atrocities going on in the Middle East and Africa we all know about, but the things happening in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Brussels, London, France, etc., are things Americans do NOT know about but NEED to.
    We need to vote this November as if our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren depend on it, because it DOES.
    People aren’t going to like it. They like to hear about kittens and playful dolphins. So do I. But we have weeks to get people to understand what is at stake. Be willing to be unpopular for a while, and provide a small dose of reality to the uninformed. Hillary has already said she will greatly increase immigration. This election should be a no-brainer.

  3. Y2Y says:

    Where’s Elie Hobeika when we need him?

  4. asburyfox says:

    It is scandalous this is done is cahoots with the USCCB. Obama doling out millions in grants to the American bishops for this Muslim refugee settlement.No Christians allowed. USCCB receiving something like 91 million in total corrupt government money.

  5. Kerry says:

    This bit of mendacity by Hussein O. puts him, I think, beyond malicious, vindictive and spiteful, and closer to evil.

  6. Don’t look now but American Muslims are a very solid voting bloc for the democrats. We have several Muslims in Illinois running for local office and ALL of them are democrats and well-connected with their local mosques. This is nothing more than importing future democrat voters.

  7. un-ionized says:

    The Moslems I know personally are solidly conservative in regard to the American way and are Reagan Republicans. But these are professionals who either came here for grad school or fled here. Some are children of those who fled Iran when the Shah was deposed. One can’t argue that they are somehow not “real” Moslems because I see how faithful they are, planning their pilgrimages, praying at the required times, giving alms, and following the other pillars. So do not think that all is lost. There are many differences between people, I am often treated with a very unpleasant kind of prejudice and when I ask about it, receive the explanation that I have to be a certain way because of one or more superficial characteristics such as age.

  8. SKAY says:

    Relitious Persecution Relief Act—S2708

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2708

    It refers to the under represented religious minorities from Syria and that would certainly
    include Christians.

    “shall be classified as refugees of special humanitarian concern,
    shall be eligible for priority two processing under the refugee resettlement priority system, and
    may apply directly to the U.S. refugee admissions program for admission to the United States.”

    This bill is being held up in the Judiciary Committee. I have already called
    my two Senators and asked them to back this bill or perhaps even co-sponsor the bill.
    I called the sponsor’s Washington office(Senator Cotton(R-AK) asking about the bill amd they said it would help to have co sponsors. I am wondering why it is being held up. in the committee since
    Christians are the ones truly being persecuted and killed because of their religion.

    I agree that this is all about money, votes and totally changing the culture of our country.

    un-ionized said:
    “Some are children of those who fled Iran when the Shah was deposed.”
    I remember when that happened and why. Jimmy Carter had a part in that. They were escaping the persecution that they knew was coming under the rule of Islam and the Ayatollahs. Unfortunately
    we began to learn about the new rulers of Iran because of the Iranian US hostage situation.

    We know that the Syrian Muslim refugees now cannot be vetted properly(may not even be Syrian) and ISIS (Islamic terrorists) has promised to infiltrate those brought into the US. Some may want to bring Sharia into the US as they are actually doing in Britain.

    It is interesting who is helping Obama build the Trojan Horse.

  9. un-ionized says:

    Skay, it was ayatollah Khomeini and he was brought there from exile by his supporters.

  10. SKAY says:

    Thank you un-ionized. I do remember him very well.

  11. un-ionized says:

    Interestingly, Khomeini was treated as a kind of archetype of ayatollah, to most people’s dismay I guess.